About Us

Organico, the simple life. The small pleasures in our daily life, naturally crafted with few layers. Life as it was and as it should be.

Our roastery has been established for over 30 years, and we have been pioneers of the NZ coffee industry.

Using high quality Arabica green beans from around the world and roasting them with an intuitive approach, Organico truly puts the hand craft back into Italian style coffee.

Led by Derek Townsend, the coffee fanatic behind the legendary DKD cafe, and the inventor of the flat white.

In 1980, a very young Derek Townsend went travelling through Europe. What really stuck in his mind was the café society in Europe, Italy and France. He was inspired by the neighbourhood café. Auckland at the same was still influenced by the 6 o’clock closing culture. It was a bit like living in the wild west.

Quality and craft is a driver at all times. We have the passion and experience. All of our coffee is small batch roasted by experts who have over 30 years of combined experience. 

Derek’s environmental stance has never changed. His relationship with organic and Fairtrade coffee has been a vital part of the development of this iconic brand. Derek has put many years into developing compostable packaging and cups to lessen the impact coffee packaging has on the environment. Organico coffee is lovingly roasted and is proudly organic and fair trade. 

We buy AsureQuality certified organic and fair trade beans, and source the best beans from the best origins. All recipes are formulated and signed off by Derek Townsend, who has been an industry leader since 1982.



We have been working with some amazing people who have made a massive difference to the way we manufacture and create waste here in New Zealand.